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Updated Feb 21, 2015
Updated Feb 21, 2015
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    Director, Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Symantec.

    Interview Details

    Symantec's process was long and convoluted. Three months with many starts and stops. Strong words of encouragement followed by silence. Quite a frustrating process that was not at all streamlined. The hiring managers were also not receptive to questions about the team and job. I found that odd.

    Interview Questions
    • Interviewers had different angles. One person was all about psychology another focuses solely on process.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Software Quality Assurance Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Symantec.

    Interview Details

    It was a 2 hour interview. They asked about basics of Quality Assurance and problems related to it. They gave a real life scenario and asked me how I would test the surroundings in that scenario. They asked me to test the room lights using various scenarios.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    You have to hunt for the jobs - they are posted, but not easy to find. If your manager isn't clear you're looking you get almost no help. The Talent Acquistion team are mostly contractors, so theres a chance you will speak to multiple people int he process before ever getting to hiring manager.

    Interview Questions
    • None - it was very standard. Focused on how you get others to sell more.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Minimal wiggle room unless the location is hard to find talent for or the jobs been open a long time.
    Accepted Offer
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    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It was a phone interview. I could not hear the first couple questions clearly due to connection issues. Questions are mostly testing on my understanding of basic concepts such as do you prefer C++ or Java, or how do you do unit testing on a reverse string function. The coding part was to find the maximum number of appearances of a character in a string. Was asked to provide a couple test cases as well. My interviewer was a nice and patient guy. . I got the on site interview almost 2 weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Symantec in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Coolest Interview process ever I had. 7 rounds of interview which includes assignment on MySQL as well. Screening questions done by Team leads and the three hours of technical round with IIT folks ranging across all platform and sectors. And then, quick assignment to be completed on MySQL Performance tuning areana and review meeting with Management teams.

    Be prepared for long process and worth a try.

    Selected Finally!!!

    Interview Questions
    • Design a DB for Facebook to maintain the newsfeeds, bulk comments, photos and videos..   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Unable to negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Senior Business Process Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Symantec in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    I had three interviews the first was an internal Symantec Recruiter that found me on linkedin. Then I had two phone screen interviews by what would have been peers. The first two interviews were great, the third was a negative experience, so much that I don't think I will ever consider Symantec as a future employer.

    Interview Questions
    • It was an easy interview, but the interviewer was biased against men, and dismissed my decade long experience of work in sales support, because 2004 she had just gotten out of school and any thing before 2004 couldn't possibly still be relevant.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Financial Analyst Rotation Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    After applying, was contacted about a week later to set up a phone interview. The phone interview was 30 minutes long. The person I talked to did not really know what he was doing and instead of asking me questions he were given, he ended up just asking me random questions about my background. He was extremely detailed and wanted to know every detail about my work experience and background, so know your resume inside and out! I was told by a recruiter that the interview was going to be very casual and they just wanted to get to know me but I was given a case study, which completely caught me off guard, especially since I was applying for an FA role not a consulting job. That kind of bombed it for me.

    Nonetheless, the interviewer was extremely friendly and helped guide me through the case study.

    Interview Questions
    • Difficult market sizing question based off of little to no information   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Symantec in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Apply in school job fair. Then receive a email to arrange an half day interview with 3 department managers. Each manager have interview for about 45 minutes. There was a 5 minutes break between each manager. After all interview, they arrange a lunch and campus tour to all the candidates.

    Interview Questions
    • If a customer complain about the website feature, what will you do?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    A phone interview of basic C++/C data structure questions including differences between algorithm run times, classes and structs, polymorphism, inheritance. The onsite interview included two interviews, 45 minutes each.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Symantec in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Met a recruiter at my school's career fair. He sent me an email a few days later asking to schedule a 30-45 minute technical interview. I scheduled the interview for a few weeks after the email was sent-- all coding questions (3 or them): one on implementing a stack with template, one on trees, one about parenthesis checking (also stack). Coded in C++ on collabedit.

    Moved on to on-site interview: mostly conceptual questions about polymorphism, classes, and data structures. Got phone call a few days later saying I made it through, and HR contacted me the following week. Took about 2 weeks to finalize offer.

    Total time taken to finalize things after the initial phone interview: ~3 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • Question about malloc, free, realloc (more C like terms)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Did no negotiate. First time applying for internships (inexperienced), offer was competitive.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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